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Rookie center-back Tommy Meyer has started in L.A.'s backline ever since A.J. DeLaGarza picked up a knee injury about seven weeks ago.
During that time, Meyer has grown considerably. Against San Jose's physical forwards, Meyer held his own. Landon Donovan even commented that Tommy "became a man" in that series.
He played so well in place of DeLaGarza that the fact that he's a rookie almost slipped my mind.
Meyer's youth and inexperience showed against the Seattle Sounders though. In the series' second leg, the center-back got off to a slow start, allowing forward Eddie Johnson to get behind the defense more than a few times.
Johnson had a goal erased because he was wrongly called offside, but a few minutes later, he scored to give the Sounders a 1-0 lead.
Meyer eventually settled down and defended Johnson better. But the damage was already done.
It's hard to believe that Meyer is only a rookie. He did make mistakes, but. considering how talented he currently is, just imagine how dominant he will be after another season.
Perhaps he will be Omar Gonzalez's replacement when Gonzalez finally makes the move to Europe.